this friday: feldman

This week’s Portland Social Distance Ensemble production.

From our press release this week:

“This week the Portland Social Distance Ensemble presents Morton Feldman’s masterpiece, “Clarinet and String Quartet”, in a cross-continental chamber music concert performed live by clarinetist James Shields and violinist Emily Cole (CA), joined by violist Ron Blessinger (Portland) and cellist Laura Metcalf (NYC). Their program also includes “Romance” by Gerald Finzi, the second movement of his beautiful “Five Bagatelles”.

Composed in 1984, Feldman’s “Clarinet and String Quartet” is a study in musical contemplation, an invitation to enter a sound world of evolving color and abstract gestures.

An avid collector and friend of abstract painters Mark Rothko and Philip Guston, Feldman once remarked that in certain paintings, when perspective disappears, the meaning, the experience, is “…not confined to a painting space but rather existing somewhere in the space between the canvas and ourselves.” This remarkable quote takes on added significance in our performance, with the performers and audience separated by great distances, yet connected via our collaborative technology.

Go to https://www.45thparallelpdx.org/donate to continue bringing live music to your home every Friday at 6pm PDT

The Portland Social Distance Ensemble is an experiment in building community through collaboration, a place where artists can safely come together to do our part in making the world a better place.

45th Parallel Universe will be presenting weekly live streamed performances every Friday @ 6 PM PDT, featuring talented musicians who are eager to get back to the business of creating new musical art.

Each performer participates remotely from their homes, with their playing combined into a unified performance using innovative technology designed by Friend of 45th Parallel Danny Rosenberg. These performances are only possible because of your generous support.”

Streaming Links:
YouTube
Facebook
or head to the 45th Parallel Universe web page.

pyxis quartet plays glass, crumb, and danish folk music

Here’s the archived version of the live stream from last night of the Pyxis Quartet. There were some glitches, but we’re getting better at using the tech, and our developer is honing in on what is going to make this work the best for us.

Just a note to all of you who have expressed an interest in this technology. It’s still at the very beginning stages of development – I’d say pre-alpha testing, and is only usable for a limited number of computers with wired high speed connections at this point. It’s got a ways to go before it can go out into the world, and rest assured, when it’s ready, you’ll know about it! Thanks for your patience!

music in hospitals

Today’s New York Times has an article (with accompanying video) about a doctor at a hospital in Harlem that decided to have musicians FaceTime concerts to patients battling COVID-19. It’s a wonderful effort, and one that should be reproduced elsewhere.

https://nyti.ms/2YsY88T [may be behind paywall]